Everyone that knows me knows I’m a huge sports fan. Among those is football. I love playing football and I love watching football. This weekend was the induction ceremony for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. And I was sitting in a hotel room in Arkansas and happened to turn the TV on and caught the majority of the event. And at one point I tweeted that it felt like there was a church service going in in Canton given some of the speeches.
The one that really resonated with me with Brian Dawkins. Dawkins was a defensive back who played mainly for the Philadelphia Eagles (also some time with the Denver Broncos). His speech got into not just his career but more importantly his faith in Christ as well as the pain and struggles that he dealt with including dealing with depression.
What really stuck with me was when he said the following:
“See there’s a purpose for my pain. There’s a purpose for my pain.”
Those words stuck with me. They stuck with me when I immediately heard it. And they have stuck with me these several days later. These last five years or so I’ve dealt with pain. Emotional pain, mental pain, spiritual pain. It has been a season of my life that has been a tremendous struggle. There have been more rough days than calm days in these last five years or so.
And so when I heard Dawkins’ speech and he was mentioning those words, they resonated with me. I need to be reminded that there is a purpose for it. I may not fully understand the reason for this pain, ultimately the purpose is for me to get closer to Jesus and to point people to Him. If there’s anyone that knows purpose in pain, it’s Jesus.
If you have not seen his speech, take some time and watch. It is worth it: